Devine ready for tough Dingsdale test

Michael Devine
Michael Devine

Luton boxer Michael Devine is determined to move another step closer to his dream of a British title fight when he takes to the York Hall ring once more this weekend.

The 26-year-old is up against Adam Dingsdale for the Southern Area lightweight title after recovering from shoulder, back and calf injuries that saw the bout postponed earlier in the year.

Now Devine is raring to go though as he said: “I’m feeling great, it’s a massive occasion for me. I have to be at my best to win this fight, but training is going spot on.

“I recovered well from injury, so everything’s going well and I need to make sure I turn up on the night now.

“The fight is for another Southern Area belt but it opens up so many doors, I can’t wait to get cracking.

“My team have got plans, but my goal is to be British champion and I’m not too far away from it now.

“I respect Adam, but hopefully I’ll get through this all right and be out again in June or July, then hopefully an English title shot will be September time.” Devine is up against possibly the toughest opponent of his 16-fight career to date, taking on Dingsdale, 27.

The Liverpudlian has fought 15 times, winning 12, with his two defeats coming in bouts for the WBA Continental lightweight title and WBO European lightweight title.

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